Austinites invited to shape SXSW 2015

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Monday was the first of three opportunities for the public to let Austin city officials know what they think about the South by Southwest Festival. Only two people showed up to voice their concerns.

It was the first public input session since the crash that killed four people during the festival in March.

Typically leaders from various city departments get together and do an internal review of what went well and what can be improved.

This year Austin city council wants to hear directly from the public.

Over the next week three groups will be listening: the Public Safety Commission, the Austin Music Commission, and the Urban Transportation Commission.

All of the public information will be complied into a report to city council which could lead to some changes for next year’s festival.

“It’s one thing to sit and talk to your neighbor about what happened but if you want something different in the future you need to communicate to us what happened so we can find solutions for you,” said Gordon Derr, assistant director of Austin Transportation Department.

Time: Noon
Meeting: Austin Music Commission
Topics: Venue, sound and other related issues

May 13, 2014
Time: 6 p.m.
Meeting: Urban Transportation Commission
Topics: Vehicle and pedestrian traffic, road closures and other related issues.

Meetings held in the Boards and Commissions Room at Austin City Hall.

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